Thu, Feb 23, 2017 | updated 07:56 PM IST

Pak calls on SAARC nations to do 'reality check'

Updated: Aug 04, 2016 12:30 IST

Islamabad, Aug 4 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday called on the SAARC nations to do a reality check of what they have achieved so far, adding it is time to seize the moment and overcome the challenges.

Delivering the inaugural address here at the seventh meeting of the SAARC Home Ministers, Khan said Pakistan is committed to the SAARC process and desires to see it a successful regional organisation.

"We have made substantial contributions towards various SAARC processes and have taken a number of initiatives in furthering the goals of closed regional integration," he added.

The Interior Minister hoped that SAARC would continue to move forward with the same momentum in order to achieve the common goal of peace, stability and progress in the region.

"A significant headway has been made in the regional collaboration in the areas related to peace and security, drug trafficking, trans-national organised crimes, trafficking in women and children and maritime piracy," he said.

Khan also called for collective effort to fight the challenges and threats which the South Asian region faces.

"We are aware of the fact that South Asia region faces a number of daunting challenges and threats like militancy, extremism, terrorism, social injustice, corruption and organised crimes like drug trafficking, humans, smuggling and money laundering. There are also host of other problems that have critical ramifications for our law enforcement agencies. Such challenges have affected our collective socio-economic development," he added.

The Interior Minister also called on the member nations to exchange experiences and expertise of national institutions in order to deal with these threats at inter and intra SAARC level.

"The South Asian region shares similar history and common borders. Its law enforcement agencies need to evolve similar strategies and tactics for combating organised crimes. They need to create a safer and secure environment for a peaceful South Asia that is free from violence, organised crime and social injustice. The hopes and aspirations of over one billion population of the region can be fulfilled if we collectively ensure rule of law, promote good governance and cooperate to fight crimes together," he said.

The Interior Ministers from seven SAARC countries, minus Bangladesh, are attending the meeting here to discuss the issues pertaining to terrorism, drugs and human trafficking and regional affairs.

The SAARC group includes Pakistan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The platform aims to boost ties and cooperation between the member states. (ANI)

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Sindh Home Department on Thursday issued a notification listing areas of Karachi which could be the next targets of the terrorists.

Full Story >>

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Pakistani Army claimed on Thursday that it has averted a major terrorist incident which could have targeted university students in Balochistan.

Full Story >>

Afghan envoy demands reopening Torkham border

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 17:55 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal has demanded authorities to reopen the Torkham border, which was shut down by Pakistan following the Sehwan attack.

Full Story >>

Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 23 (ANI): Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday called on the newly installed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the last year's failed coup attempt.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23 (ANI): Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four missing North Korean suspects wanted in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, police said Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The latest International Student Survey has shown a record 10 per cent surge in the number of international students coming to Australia to 5,54,179.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested the Director General of National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA), Tahir Akram, over corruption charges.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) today reserved its verdict on the Panama Leaks case and stated that a verdict would be announced at a later date.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): At least eight people have been killed and several others injured after a powerful explosion rocked an under-construction building in Lahore's busy Defence Y block area.

Full Story >>

Four killed, six injured in Lahore blast

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 13:07 IST

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 23. (ANI): At least four persons were killed and six others injured after an explosion in Lahore's DHA Z-Block.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Iran have agreed that the Border Security Commission of the two countries will meet soon to ensure that terrorists and smugglers are not able to operate from each other's territories.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara on a three day official visit to Turkey.

Full Story >>

Kampala (Uganda), Feb. 23 (ANI): Amin M. Mawji, OBE, Diplomatic Representative, Aga Khan Development hailed the growing partnership between India and Uganda, saying the relationship is building the foundation for future economic progress.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): Pakistan has speeded up its efforts to fight terrorists as it is silently enhancing its military capability by acquiring equipment and weapons required to combat terrorism.

Full Story >>

Kampala [Uganda], Feb. 23 (ANI): Rahul Sikka, Larsen and Toubro's Vice President and Head Africa Power Transmission and Distribution, has welcomed the decision to manufacture in Uganda with Indian skills and expertise, saying the local population needs to be empowered for long-term goals.

Full Story >>

Kampala (Uganda), Feb. 23 (ANI): Rahul Sikka, Larsen and Toubro's Vice President and Head Africa Power Transmission and Distribution, has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to demonetise high-denomination currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 has brought more people into the periphery of tax-related activities.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Russia hits back over allegations that Moscow was involved in a failed coup in Montenegro and an attempt to assassinate the country's former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, stating the claims may damage relation between the two nations.

Full Story >>

New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): According to a recent poll, US President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped over the last month, with a majority of voters now disapproving of his job performance.

Full Story >>

New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Mexico indicated that it intends to take hard stand against Trump administration's new immigration directives that could have dramatic implications for the United States' southern neighbours, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Donald Trump administration's issuance of tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Full Story >>